INS 2016 Mid-Year Meeting

London Awards Program & Recipients

View of the Thames in London

6-8 July 2016 London, England, UK From Neurones to Neurorehabilitation

INS Awards Program

London Awards Ceremony

This year's INS Mid-Year Meeting Awards Ceremony occurred on Wednesday 6th July at 18.30 in the Ballroom (Floor -2).

The INS Awards Program is intended to recognize the many achievements of accomplished INS members from across the globe. Read more about the London Awardees below.

Major INS Awards are given in recognition of scientific achievement in Early Career, Mid-Career (the Arthur Benton Award), or for a Lifetime of Achievement in research, education or service in the field of neuropsychology. The INS Distinguished Career Award may be given to recognize those individuals who have enjoyed extended careers and who have made major, sustained contributions to the field of neuropsychology and the Society. The Paul Satz-INS Career Mentoring Award, given in honor of Dr. Paul Satz and sponsored by PAR, Inc., is given to recognize mentoring and teaching activities that have profoundly impacted the careers of students in the field of neuropsychology.

INS Program Awards are selected by the Program Committee for each INS Meeting in recognition of the Meeting's most outstanding scientific contributions. For the Annual Meeting, program awards include the Nelson Butters Award for the most outstanding submission by a postdoctoral fellow, the Phillip M. Rennick Award for most outstanding submission by a graduate student, the Laird S. Cermak Award for the best submission in the field of memory or memory disorders, and the Marit Korkman Award honoring the most outstanding student contribution at the INS Mid-Year Meeting on a topic in pediatric neuropsychology. In conjunction with the INS Program and Awards Committees, the INS Student Liaison Committee recognizes an additional five students for their meritorious abstract submissions at each INS meeting through the selection of the SLC Student Research Awards.

Major INS Awards presented in London

Paul Satz-INS Career Mentoring Award

Andrew Mayes

Andrew Mayes

Andrew completed his degrees at Balliol College, Oxford University in psychology and philosophy and his doctorate was on the consolidation of memory. He then lectured at Leicester University, the University of Manchester, and had sabbaticals at the VA hospital in Boston and at the VA hospital in San Diego. He was then Professor and Head of Department at Liverpool University, after which he held a research professorship at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield University in the Department of Clinical Neurology, then returning to Liverpool University and returning to the University of Manchester as Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, later Emeritus Professor.

His research interests have been in the neural bases of memory, particularly episodic and semantic memory and priming as well as related issues, such as memory in Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and autism. His central interest has been organic amnesia, what lesions underlie it and what are the functions of the regions involved when they are working normally in healthy people. As well as teaching throughout his career Andrew has been editor of Behavioural Neurology and of Neuropsychologia.

The Paul Satz-INS Career Mentoring Award is sponsored by Psychological Assessment Resources (PAR), Inc.

Early Career Award

Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou

Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou

Disorders of the self following right hemisphere stroke: From the bedside to the lab

Katerina studied cognitive neuropsychology and theoretical psychoanalysis at University College London (UCL) before completing her PhD on the neuropsychology of confabulation at the University of Durham, UK. She is currently an Associate Professor (Reader) at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL.

Her research, funded by a programme ‘Starting Investigator’ grant of the European Research Council, focuses on the emotional, cognitive and neural mechanisms by which our bodies and particularly homeostatic mechanisms are interpersonally ‘mentalised’ to form the basis of our selves.

Katerina is the Director of the London Neuropsychoanalysis Centre and runs the London Neuropsychoanalysis Group on: ‘Psychodynamic Neuroscience and Neuropsychology’. She has published widely in psychology and neuroscience journals and is the editor of the volume: Fotopoulou, A. Conway, M.A. Pfaff, D. From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2012.

July 6, 2016 – 6pm – Ballroom Floor 2

Distinguished Career Award

Faraneh Vargha-Khadem

Faraneh Vargha-Khadem

Faraneh is Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Head of Section on Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, UK. As the Senior Consultant Neuropsychologist, she also leads the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Faraneh’s research is focused on the effects of early brain injury on neural circuits serving memory and learning, speech and language, spatial navigation, and movement organisation. Together with her colleagues, she has made a number of discoveries, viz the syndrome of developmental amnesia, the neural and behavioural phenotype of FOXP2, the first gene implicated in a severe speech and language disorder, and functional brain organisation in children who have undergone neurosurgery for epilepsy. With the support of the Medical Research Council, Faraneh leads a team of researchers studying the effects of hypoxia-ischaemia on patterns of neuropathology associated with memory and language impairment from infancy through adolescence. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and has received a number of national and international awards including the Jean Louis Signoret Prize for her contributions to understanding the genetics of behaviour.

Distinguished Career Award

Tom McMillan

Tom McMillan

Tom is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. He was the first Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the UK and was the founder of the professional sub-division for clinical neuropsychology in the UK. He received the Division of Neuropsychology Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. He has engaged in clinical and research work in head injury and neurorehabilitation for over 35 years and has published almost 200 articles. He serves on the Board of Governors of the International Brain Injury Society and was a past president.

As a clinical academic, he has combined clinical and research work throughout his career and continues to work two days a week as the consultant adviser for brain injury rehabilitation for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. His long standing area of interest has been in acquired brain injury and especially head injury. His research has led to a greater understanding of service needs and models for people with brain injury. He has had a particular interest in the interplay between brain injury, psychological consequences and lifestyle in determining late outcome and in the development of evidence based interventions. In this context he published the first single case on PTSD after severe head injury and studies on the relationship between knowledge attribution and symptom reporting after head injury. He was one of the first to identify a persisting elevated risk of death many years after head injury and also the dynamic nature of outcome in survivors after head injury which can improve of deteriorate many years after the event. This expertise has been associated with contributing to the development of several national clinical guidelines and recently leading the development of a service model for offenders with brain injury in the criminal justice system for the Government in Scotland.

London Program Awards

Nelson Butters Award


Alex Kafkas

University of Manchester
Material specific MTL and extra-MTL responses supporting recognition memory: Interactions between stimulus content and memory kind

Objective:An fMRI study explored whether medial temporal lobe (MTL) and connected extra-MTL structures responded in the same way or differentially to familiarity and recollection as a function of stimulus type at recognition.

Participants and Methods: The experiment adopted a mixed event-related/block design combining three types of pictorial stimuli: objects, faces and scenes. Nineteen participants encoded these three stimulus types and later in the scanner they were asked to rate feelings of familiarity for each stimulus and report any instances of recollection. Complementary univariate and multivariate pattern classification analyses were applied to the data. 

Results: Familiarity-based recognition responses within the MTL were found to be material-specific, with the perirhinal cortex responding to object familiarity and the parahippocampal cortex to both object and scene familiarity. The amygdala was found to have a selective role in familiarity-based recognition for faces, whereas the adjacent hippocampus did not respond to stimulus familiarity for any of the three types of stimuli. In contrast, the hippocampus was found to have a non-stimulus selective role in recollection, even when compared to strength-matched familiarity. Finally, the dorsomedial thalamus showed a material-independent role in familiarity-based recognition, whereas the anterior thalamus only responded to recollection.

Conclusions: These findings point towards a degree of specialization, with respect to stimulus type, within the MTL cortices and the extended MTL network during familiarity-based recognition. They also have important implications for current theories of recognition memory and for evaluating the extent of functional specialization within the MTL.

July 7, 2016 – 2:30pm – Plaza Suite Floor 4

Laird S. Cermak Award

Charlotte Russell

Charlotte Russell

Kings College London
Episodic memory and parietal cortex: Relationship between egocentric visual spatial representation and quality of recall

Objective: Although there is evidence from functional imaging for parietal lobe involvement in episodic memory, there has been no definitive explanation of this area’s precise role. We hypothesised that parietal regions play a crucial part in episodic memory, specifically in recollecting details from an egocentric visual perspective.

Participants and Methods: We designed a novel task utilising a head-mounted camera to record images from the participants' perspective, enabling us to evaluate the integrity of memory from the individuals' own viewpoint. In the first study healthy participants performed the task in the fMRI scanner. In the second, patients with parietal damage were compared to healthy controls. Finally, we examined the relationship between our paradigm and established measures of autobiographical memory veracity.

Results: Areas frequently activated in fMRI studies of episodic memory were recruited when participants had to differentiate their own versus another’s viewpoint of encoded scenes. Second, although parietal patients were unimpaired in standard episodic tasks a specific deficit was revealed when they attempted to judge from which perspective they had viewed the scenes. Finally, the ability to correctly identify personal perspective in our paradigm correlated with performance on an autobiographical memory interview adapted from Piolino et al (2009).

Conclusions: Our results provide evidence that parietal cortex is directly involved in egocentric perspective aspects of episodic memory and that this visual-spatial characteristic of memory relates directly to the level of detail provided in spontaneous autobiographical recall. Further, we demonstrate a specific deficit in episodic memory in patients with parietal damage.

July 7, 2016 – 2:45pm – Plaza Suite Floor 4

Marit Korkman Award

Sarah Rudebeck

Sarah Rudebeck

Great Ormond Street Hospital
Rasmussen Syndrome: Cognitive trajectories and brain changes

Objective: To investigate the cognitive trajectory and brain changes of those with Rasmussen syndrome (RS), a rare childhood disease characterised by atrophy of one hemisphere of the brain

Participants and Methods: 39 RS participants (right hemisphere affected = 21, left hemishere affected =18) were identified at Great Ormond Street Hospital and a case note review was performed to gathered all neuropsychological assessments and volumetric MRI scans available. Analyses were conducted to elucidate the changing cognitive trajectory: (1) pre-surgery and (2) pre- to post-op. Group differences were also explored. In a subset of RS participants (N=18) changes in grey matter prior to surgery were also investigated using Voxel Based Morphometry. The relationship between brain changes and cognitive performance was also explored.

Results: Pre-surgery between groups analyses showed the right RS group exhibited more difficulties with tasks of perceptual reasoning, whereas the left RS group had weaker abilities on tasks requiring verbal faculties. From pre- to post-op the left RS group declined in all IQ abilities, whereas the right group's abilities remained better preserved. VBM analyses novelly showed that in a subset of our RS participants brain regions within the unaffected and affected hemisphere of the brain significantly atrophied from 3 to 6 years post-onset of seizures. The decline in grey matter in the unaffected hemisphere was significantly correlated with the change in verbal IQ.

Conclusion: These findings may have important implications for the medical and psychological care of those with RS, in particular, in regard to optimisation of clinical outcome.

July 8, 2016 – 9:45am – Plaza Suite Floor 4

Phillip M. Rennick Award

Jessica Reeve

Jessica Reeve

Macquarie University
Patterns of Early Neuropsychological and Academic Achievement in Neurotypicals and Young Children with Williams Syndrome

Objective: The association between neuropsychological functions with early academic abilities is not well understood in neurotypicals or individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. The primary objective was to investigate the relationship between neuropsychological functions and early literacy and numeracy abilities, both in neurotypicals and in young children with Williams syndrome (WS). In line with limited research on neurotypicals, we predicted an association between early academic abilities and general developmental levels, executive functioning and motor abilities, in both groups. Consistent with cognitive variability in WS, we expected variability in early academic skills in our WS cohort; we also expected numeracy to be poorer than literacy in WS.

Participants and Methods: Parent report ratings and performance-based neuropsychological measures were collected on 24 children with WS (CA range = 2.2 to 7.7 years, M = 4.62, SD = 1.59) and 85 typically developing controls (CA range = 2.2 to 8.1 years, M = 4.68, SD = 1.65).

Results: As predicted, neuropsychological functioning was significantly correlated with academic skills in both WS and neurotypical children, however significant group differences also emerged. For example, verbal development related to early literacy in neurotypicals, but not WS, and executive functioning related to early numeracy in WS, but not neurotypicals. WS children displayed poorer numeracy than literacy in general and there was variability in academic ability levels=.

Conclusion: This study identifies important neuropsychological correlations and provides an understanding of early academic development in both neurotypicals and young children with WS. Practical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

July 6, 2016 – 10:00am – Ballroom A Floor 2

SLC Student Research Awards

Anne Buunk

Anne Buunk

University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
Social cognition impairments after aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage

July 6, 2016 – 3:30pm – Plaza Suite Floor 4

Mélissa Chauret

Mélissa Chauret

University of Quebec
Fear circuitry function through adolescence: influence of cerebral maturation and sex on emotional regulation

July 7, 2016 – 8:30am – Ballroom Floor 2

Christianne D.Laliberté

Christianne D. Laliberté

University of Calgary
Effect of the home environment on long-term executive functioning following early childhood traumatic brain injury

July 8, 2016 – 8:30am – Ballroom Foyer Floor 2

Amy Peters

Amy Peters

University of Illinois
Acute stress-induced cortisol elevations attenuate engagement of frontostriatal circuitry during emotion processing in depression

July 7, 2016 – 8:30am – Ballroom Foyer Floor 2

Georgia Pitts

Georgia Pitts

UCL Institute of Child Health
Damage to subcortical white matter microstructure after severe and recurrent hypoglycaemia

July 6, 2016 – 11am – Plaza Foyer Floor 4